Hundreds of jobs will be created this year by the firms listed in our Top 100 Businesses in Gloucestershire supplement.
Our annual supplement is this year sponsored by accountants and business experts Hazlewoods, law firm BPE and the University of Gloucestershire.
Part of our research for this years 32-page edition was the question: Is your business expecting to create any jobs this year?
The outcome was really positive, said Andrew Merrell, editor of this years Top 100 Businesses.
Not only did a sizeable proportion of firms come back and say yes to the jobs question, some of the numbers were astonishing.
Three firms are talking about taking on more than 100 staff each.
Okay, one of them is transferring the jobs over from the local authority, but the other two businesses are creating the jobs and will be looking for people to fill those positions.
Ubico which has a turnover of £18million and already has approximately 340 staff is due to welcome another 150 employees to the payroll, transferred in from the contracts that it is taking over for Stroud District Council Gloucestershire County Council.
G-Tekt, which has been keeping a rather low profile in Brockworth, has just invested millions in its factory to enable it to better serve customers in the motor industry.
Set up originally to serve Honda in Swindon the factory has been so successful developing its skills that BMW and Land Rover are now also its customers.
Lilian Faithfull Homes, which was founded in 1946 and is based in Gloucestershire providing care for the elderly, has seen its turnover grow from £7.8million in 2014 to £7.58million in 2015 with a forecast leap to £9million-plus this year.
The fast-growing firm estimates it will require another 100 staff in the near future.
Scores of other firms across the wide variety of sectors which make the Gloucestershire business landscape - more than one third expect to create new jobs.
Sometimes they are in the single figures and for others like cosmetics maker SLG Beauty and electrical contractor Clarkson Evans 18 and 30 more staff respectively.
Office supplies specialist Commercial Group predicts it may take on as many as 20 more staff, L-3 TRL Technology Ltd 29 and Procurri UK Ltd, All Fleet Services between 15 and 20 and Gloucester Rugby Ltd and 10 and John Hackling (Transport) Ltd 10 each.